Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has revealed the XI that he believes should be starting for the club this season in an interview with BT Sport.
The Red Devils have struggled for consistency this season under Jose Mourinho and currently find themselves well off the pace in the hunt for the Premier League title.
This is Paul Scholes’ team sheet from tonight’s Man Utd game. Fascinating…what tells you he was getting slightly frustrated… pic.twitter.com/M2Qg1Et40O
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) November 3, 2016
Scholes, who has been a vocal critic of United in recent seasons, admitted that there is not enough space for both Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the starting XI.
“I’d have Martial and Rashford – the pace,” the legendary midfielder is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
“You have to play those two and then it’s Ibrahimovic or Rooney.”
Elsewhere in the team, Scholes picked a midfield three of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, but said that there should be room on the bench for forgotten-man Bastian Schweinsteiger – but there is no room for Juan Mata.
“[He] must have something to offer the team. He’s got, what? 130 caps for Germany?[That’s] great experience to have around,” the retired star said.
The German recently returned to first-team training after spending the opening months of the campaign with the development squad, but whether Mourinho sees fit to select him in the coming weeks remains to be seen.
There is a sense amongst United fans that the Portuguese has yet to find his best side, but they will be hoping he can figure it out quickly as their season threatens to fizzle out before it has really begun.
Paul Scholes’ Man United starting XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Rashford, Martial, Ibrahimovic/Rooney